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Down with the British and US Aggression against Iraq!

The Continued Bombing and Genocidal Sanctions Must Be Ended Now!

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Down with the British and US Aggression against Iraq!
The Continued Bombing and Genocidal Sanctions Must Be Ended Now!

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Down with the British and US Aggression against Iraq!

The Continued Bombing and Genocidal Sanctions Must Be Ended Now!

--- Statement of RCPB(ML), 19.02.01 ---

Our Party vehemently condemns the criminal and wanton aggressive act of the British government and US imperialism in its renewed bombing of Baghdad. The massive air strikes of Friday, February 16, constitute a grave escalation in the bombing and air strikes against Iraq which have been carried on by Britain and the US on a constant basis against the sovereign country of Iraq for many years. Together with the genocidal sanctions directed against the Iraqi people, these actions constitute a crime against humanity.

This criminal aggression comes as a warning by the US imperialist administration of George W Bush that it is intending to step up its military aggression against any and every country that dares not to submit to the US dictate. It is a declaration that the US imperialist aims are to be pursued by force, as well as other means. It is a declaration that for the imperialist new world order, international legality and the interests of the people count as nothing.

With this criminal aggression, the British government of Tony Blair has also nailed its rotten colours to the mast, demonstrating that not only is it prepared to back the Bush policy of aggression, but that it too acts as an international aggressor. The justifications of the Blair government barely attempt to excuse the air strikes with the rhetoric of keeping the so-called dictator Saddam Hussein in his place. According to the Blair government, the bombing of the Iraqi capital were a "proportionate response" to what is actually nothing more than the act of self-defence of Iraq against the patrolling of the so-called "no-fly zones" which have absolutely no legitimacy in international law. Tens of thousands of bombs and missiles have been rained down on Iraq since December 1998. It is utterly condemnable that the government has adopted lock, stock and barrel the language and logic of international gangsterism and imperialism.

This aggression is totally bereft of "humanitarian" motivation. It is the pursuit of the aims of US imperialism and the British government by naked aggression. It has further isolated the US and Britain themselves as pariah states in the international community. It has aroused massive and widespread opposition from peoples and governments world-wide.

Our Party states its utmost condemnation of this latest criminal act of aggression against the sovereign state of Iraq by the British government and US imperialism. Our voice is raised, as the voice of the British working class and people, in opposing such outrageous actions as the bombing and the sanctions as attempts to force a whole people into submission and bomb a whole country out of existence. The peoples of the world will never submit to such intervention through force, and the renewed opposition of the world’s people will doom such imperialist terrorism. As this aggressive face of "globalisation" further reveals itself, so do the justifications for such actions on "humanitarian" or "moral" grounds become further exposed.

Down with the British and US aggression against Iraq!

The Continued Bombing and Genocidal Sanctions Must Be Ended Now!

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